Frequently Asked Questions

What is A Season for Nonviolence?

The Season marks the annual 64 calendar days between the memorial anniversary of the assassination of Mohandas K. Gandhi on January 30 and that of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4. The brainchild and vision of Arun and Sunanda Gandhi, co-founders of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence now located at the University of Rochester, A Season for Nonviolence was first launched in 1998 with the help of the Association of Global New Thought

What is the purpose of A Season for Nonviolence?

The purpose of the Season is to focus education and community action on attaining peace and justice in the spirit of Gandhi and King. The Season teaches that every person can move the world forward in the direction of peace through daily nonviolent choices and actions. Through media attention, the Season also recognizes and celebrates those who are using nonviolence to build communities that honor the dignity and worth of every human being.

How widespread is A Season for Nonviolence?

Opening ceremonies were first held at the United Nations in 1998. Today, with over 900 US cities and 67 countries participating, the Season has taken on a life of its own, as a global movement. Hundreds of task forces continue to spring up in communities everywhere and some have even established year-round programs, websites, and 501c3’s. Each year more mayors and governors, near and far, issue proclamations encouraging participation in the Season.
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How can you participate in A Season for Nonviolence?

Even small steps promote peace within yourself, in your interactions with others, within the community and world. There is no registration required. Simply incorporate “A Season for Nonviolence” in the name of your activity and you join the global effort. Try to get publicity for what you do. This helps “spread the word” about the Season and can inspire others.

What are specific examples of what you can do to participate in the Season?

  • Learn everything you can about nonviolence.
  • Attend scheduled Season for Nonviolence events or create your own.
  • Make one small commitment to practice nonviolence on each of the 64 days.
  • Join a group already working for peace or form a coalition with other groups.
  • Adopt a classroom to help promote and support nonviolence in local schools.
  • Organize an interfaith gathering that tackles a problem in your community.
  • Hold a small “peace concert” to benefit a good cause.
  • Sponsor a film & discussion or book club selection on a relevant topic.
  • Attend MLK, Black History Month and other multicultural events in your community.
  • Set up or re-invigorate a mediation or problem-solving program at work or school.
  • Participate in community projects with your family centered on hobbies or interests.
  • Invite neighbors to a potluck and brainstorm an activity to benefit the neighborhood.